Libya: How Colonel Gaddafi continues to haunt the living

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This article is part of the dossier: Gaddafi’s legacy

By Laurent De Saint Perier
Posted on Tuesday, 13 October 2020 18:25, updated on Wednesday, 20 October 2021 13:41

Supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad shout slogans as they carry a photo of Muammar Gaddafi during a rally at Avenue Habib Bourguiba in Tunis April 20, 2013. REUTERS/Anis Mili

The Guide’s shadow hangs over several ongoing legal cases, not to mention the persistent instability in the Sahel region.

Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s remains were buried in secret in the Sirte desert in October 2011, but his ghost continues to haunt the world without respite. There’s even a person who claims to have seen the Guide praying in the South Saharan steppe in Chad in 2019.

In early October, the packets of mouldy, faded banknotes seized by French investigators from a cellar in Limoges, France were a tangible reminder of Gaddafi’s now legendary vanished loot.

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